Wednesday is going to be a nice little day for Warriors pointguard Charles Jenkins.See, Wednesday is Aug. 1, and thats the day Jenkinscontract worth 762,195 will become fully guaranteed for the 2012-13 season.Warriors general manager Bob Myers said Jenkins almost certainly will not bewaived today and that the second-year point guard is part of the teamsfuture.Myers said that barring something completely unforeseen,Jenkins will be on the roster on Wednesday. Only 200,000 of Jenkins contractis guaranteed at this point, but once Wednesday rolls around, hell earn anextra 562,195.The Warriors selected Jenkins, who played four years atHofstra, in the second round (No. 44 pick overall) of the 2011 NBA draft. Henot only wound up making the team last year, but he also played plenty in his rookieseason and even started almost half of the teams games.That playing time came in large part because of StephenCurrys ankle issues, but nevertheless Jenkins proved during his first seasonthat he could play in the NBA. Whether hes good enough to become a startingpoint guard, backup point guard or third point guard down the line remains tobe seen.Jenkins started in 28 of 51 games last year and averaged 5.8points and 3.3 assists in 17.5 minutes per game.Jenkins has acknowledged he is still learning the pointguard position, but his assist-to-turnover ratio is solid (almost 3-to-1) andhis decision-making has been sound.Hes also shown an ability to make open shots.Assuming the Warriors are healthy in 2012-13 or at leastare in their backcourt Jenkins might not play as much in his second year ashe did in his first.Curry is expected to be 100 percent by training camp, andthe Warriors also traded for Jarrett Jack, a quality backup at thepoint.
OAKLAND – Stephen Curry paused, scanning his memory, and came up empty.
Draymond Green sank into deep thought, taking even more time before conceding he was “stumped.”
Neither could remember the last time the Warriors lost consecutive regular-season games, perhaps because it was 19 months ago.
The Warriors are specialists at self-correction, and that was the case again Saturday night when, following a tough loss two nights earlier, they stepped onto the floor at Oracle Arena and played one of their more effective games this season.
Their 138-109 smacking of the Phoenix Suns was a rather comprehensive effort, with some players performing superbly and others merely well. The scoring load was shared among Curry (31 points), Klay Thompson (26) and Kevin Durant (20), while everyone brought something useful to the proceedings.
“It didn’t turn out to be a great night on the stat sheet,” coach Steve Kerr said, noting the Warriors committed 17 turnovers, off which the Suns scored 25 points. “But maybe around the nine-minute mark in the first quarter until about two minutes of the second quarter, we were fantastic.”
The Warriors (17-3) trailed by as much as six in the first before going on a 25-4 run, taking an 18-point lead, and taking command early in the second quarter. Though they stumbled enough for Phoenix to get as close as eight in the second half, there never was a sense the Warriors were facing real trouble.
With Curry and Thompson leading the scoring charge, forwards Draymond Green and Durant excelled in playmaking roles, combining for 21 assists, the most in a game by two Warriors starting forwards since 1970, when Elias Sports Bureau began tracking starters.
“It’s a little unorthodox, but our guards are great shooters, so playing them off the ball and getting the ball to KD and Draymond seems to work well,” Kerr said. “And those guys seem to enjoy playing that way.”
The victory extended to 106 their NBA-record number of regular-season games without consecutive losses. The Warriors last lost back-to-back regular-season games in April 2015, dropping games at San Antonio and then New Orleans.
So long ago that neither Curry nor Green could remember.
“Um . . . let’s see . . . I think it was my second year in the league,” Green finally guessed, wrongly.
It was his third season, and the first under Kerr.
“There’s a resiliency to our team that, obviously in this league, anything can happen,” Curry said. “So for us to be able to correct mistakes and find ways to bounce back quickly and not have multiple games in a row where we don’t show up to play says a lot about the character we have on this team.”
Though Green cited the team’s heightened focus after a loss, there is one thread that runs through Curry and Thompson and Green. All three have been dismissed at some point and, therefore, carry a burning desire to validate their status.
Perhaps no one on the team carries that edge more than Curry.
“I’d be interested the see the numbers of Steph, after we lost,” Green said. “He has incredible games after we lost. It’s just a focus level, guys really lock in and come out and do what it takes to win the next game.
“I think guys do get a little pissed off as well, which definitely helps. That is probably the biggest thing. Guys get mad about it, and it carries over.”
Perhaps feeling Phoenix was poised for a run in the third quarter, Curry rang up 20 points in that 12-minute stretch, hiking the lead beyond the reach of the Suns. It was the 16th time he has scored at least 20 points in a quarter.
There would be no ending of this underappreciated streak. Not on this night, and not with Curry and his friends on watch.
OAKLAND – Scorching the nets with a season-best 62.8-percent shooting, the Warriors rolled to a 138-109 rout of the Phoenix Suns before a sellout crowd Saturday night at Oracle Arena.
Five Warriors scored in double figures, led by Stephen Curry with 31 points. Klay Thompson poured in 26 points, Kevin Durant had 20, while David West and JaVale McGee came off the bench for 11 each, season highs for both.
Forwards Draymond Green and Durant had quietly monstrous games. Green put up nine points, a game-high 13 assists, five rebounds and three steals. In addition to his scoring, Durant also submitted eight assists, four rebounds and three blocks.
The Warriors (17-3) recorded 37 assists, the 14th time they have reached at least 30. No other team has done it more than four times.
Guards Eric Bledsoe (27 points) and Devin Booker (21) combined for 48 points to lead Phoenix (6-14) scorers.
This night belonged to many Warriors, but mostly to Curry and Thompson.
Curry’s line: 31 points (10-of-15 from the field, including 5-of-7 from deep, 6-of-6 from the line), two rebounds, two assists and a steal. He played 30 minutes and finished plus-15.
Thompson’s line: 26 points (10-of-17, 6-of-7), five rebounds, three assists and two steals. He played 34 minutes and was plus-24.
When the Suns took a 26-25 lead on an Alex Len dunk with 2:57 left in the first quarter, the Warriors responded with a 25-4 run that yielded a 48-30 lead with 9:25 remaining the second quarter.
When Phoenix battled back, getting as close as eight (68-60) early in the second half, the Warriors recovered with a 15-4 run to go up 19 (83-64) with 7:07 left in the third quarter.
The Suns drew no closer than 20 in the fourth quarter.
Warriors: No injuries listed. C Anderson Varejao was a healthy inactive. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the D-League.
Suns: F T.J. Warren (head injury) was listed as out. F Derrick Jones Jr. is on assignment with Northern Arizona of the D-League.
The Warriors return to action Monday night, when they face the Indiana Pacers at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:40.